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'Tis not a cause of small import

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1 'Tis not a cause of small import
The pastor's care demands,
But what might fill an angel's heart,
And filled a Saviour's hands.

2 They watch for souls for whom the Lord
Did heavenly bliss forego--
For souls that must for ever live
In rapture or in woe.

3 All to the great tribunal haste,
The account to render there;
And shouldst thou strictly mark our faults,
Lord! how should we appear?

4 May they that Jesus whom they preach,
Their own Redeemer, see,
And watch thou daily o'er their souls,
That they may watch for thee.

Source: Laudes Domini: a selection of spiritual songs ancient & modern (Abr. ed.) #486

Author: Philip Doddridge

Philip Doddridge (b. London, England, 1702; d. Lisbon, Portugal, 1751) belonged to the Non-conformist Church (not associated with the Church of England). Its members were frequently the focus of discrimination. Offered an education by a rich patron to prepare him for ordination in the Church of England, Doddridge chose instead to remain in the Non-conformist Church. For twenty years he pastored a poor parish in Northampton, where he opened an academy for training Non-conformist ministers and taught most of the subjects himself. Doddridge suffered from tuberculosis, and when Lady Huntington, one of his patrons, offered to finance a trip to Lisbon for his health, he is reputed to have said, "I can as well go to heaven from Lisbon as from Nort… Go to person page >

Text Information

First Line: 'Tis not a cause of small import
Author: Philip Doddridge
Copyright: Public Domain


'Tis not a cause of small import. Part of "Let Zion's watchmen all awake," p. 674, i.

--John Julian, Dictionary of Hymnology, Appendix, Part II (1907)



Instances (1 - 12 of 12)
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A Selection of Spiritual Songs #761

Calvary Selection of Spiritual Songs with Music for the Church and the Choir #d938

Gloria in Excelsis #d708

Gospel Hymns #d581

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Laudes Domini #486

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Laudes Domini #923

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Our New Hymnal #93

Our Service of Song #d268

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Songs of the Church #1106

The Book of Praise #d820

The Church of God Selection of Spiritual Songs for the Church and Choir #d935

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The New Laudes Domini #997

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